Clyde Lamb

Clyde William Lamb (March 11, 1913 - July 8, 1966) was an artist and cartoonist whose gag cartoons, signed Clyde Lamb, were published in leading magazines of the 1940s and 1950s. He also drew a syndicated comic strip during the 1950s and 1960s.

Clyde Lamb
Clyde Lamb in Miami in 1956.
BornClyde William Lamb
11 March 1913
Sidney, Montana, U.S.
Died8 July 1966 (aged 53)
Dublin, Ireland
Notable works
(m. 1934; divorce 1937)

Gladys (m. 1947)
Clyde Lamb's painting for a calendar


Born in Sidney, Montana, Lamb was drawing while he was in the Montana Industrial School for Boys at age 17.

Prison years (1932–1947)

At age 19, in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1932, he was convicted of armed robbery and given a five-year sentence. After escaping 18 months later, he made his way to Hammond, Indiana. While working there as a self-taught sign painter, he met and married Gladys Lamb on August 4, 1934. Ten days after his marriage, he was again arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to two 25-year terms in the Indiana State Penitentiary in Michigan City, Indiana.[1]

On August 31, 1934, when Gladys was living in Calumet City, Illinois, she inserted a dozen broken hacksaw blades into pears and traveled to Gary, Indiana, to visit her husband in the Lake County jail. As she passed the pears to her husband, Chief deputy sheriff Carroll Holley became suspicious and intervened. (Carroll Holley was the nephew of Sheriff Lillian Holley, whose car was stolen by John Dillinger when he used a wooden gun to escape from that same jail earlier that summer.)

In April 1935, Lamb was escorted to Chicago to visit Gladys after their son James William Lamb, born March 26, 1935, had died on April 10, 1935.[2] Clyde escaped from a guard at the train station by running in front of a moving train. Shot by a police officer when he was captured July 1935, he was returned to prison. Gladys Lamb filed for a divorce at Clyde's insistence, which was granted on November 1, 1937. She remarried and after Clyde was released June 24, 1947, Lamb left for Glendive, Montana, to visit relatives.

Gladys and Clyde Lamb remarried in Glendive, Montana, on October 14, 1947.[2][3][4][5]

Art career

Clyde Lamb's Herman (January 12, 1964)

During the 1940s, Lamb began drawing while in prison and he was mentored by the prison crafts director on techniques. At first Clyde Lamb painted oil landscapes of his beloved Montana and a self portrait then he started to draw comics. He was urged to sell his cartoons by the prison arts and crafts Director. While Clyde was in prison he successfully marketed his cartoons to The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, The American Magazine and other publications. During the last year while incarcerated he made $11,000.

His success and the surrounding publicity led directly to his release. Granted a new trial, he was convicted, but Judge William J. Murray at Crown Point gave him a ten-year suspended sentence. He was still wanted in Tennessee as an escaped convict, but Tennessee Governor Jim Nance McCord commuted his sentence and ordered him paroled to Indiana authorities.[3][6]

The couple traveled extensively through California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oregon, Washington, Europe, Africa, and Mexico from 1947 until his death.

On November 14, 1949, Lamb launched his pantomime newspaper comic strip, Herman, as a daily, with a Sunday strip added November 2, 1952. Distributed by Iowa's Register and Tribune Syndicate, Lamb's strip was carried during the 1950s in 55 newspapers in the United States, India and Africa, lasting until 1966. (It had no connection to the strip Herman by Jim Unger.)

On March 2, 1955, Lamb was surprised on live television to learn that Ralph Edwards had made him the subject of that week's This Is Your Life episode. The episode is available at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

In 1957, Lamb began Open Season, a newspaper gag cartoon panel about hunting and fishing. Lamb also created oil paintings of landscapes mainly oil on canvas of the upper northwest and Montana areas. Clyde also produced a cartoon strip about an elephant named Milicent. Many other cartoons appeared in detective magazines and men's sporting publications. He produced many cartoons for calendars while under contract with Brown & Bigelow.

Gladys clyde wedding photo 1948
Gladys and Clyde

In November 1956, Clyde and Gladys were vacationing in Miami with plans to extend their vacation to Havana. His last address in the United States was 22839 Saticoy Street in Canoga Park in Los Angeles.


At the age of 53, he died of pancreatic disease in Dublin, Ireland, on July 8, 1966, and was cremated at the Belfast Crematorium in Northern Ireland on August 12, 1966. His ashes were scattered by his family in Makoshika State Park in Montana.


  • Best Cartoons Crest Books 114 (1955)
  • Best Cartoons Crest Books 390 (July 1960)
  • Best Cartoons Crest Books K714 (May 1964)
  • The Best Cartoons from Argosy Zenith Books ZB5 (October 1958)
  • Cartoon Fun Gold Medal 383 (March 1954)
  • Cartoon Fun Gold Medal 904 (1959)
  • Cartoon Fun Gold Medal S1209 c (January 1962)
  • Cartoon Fun Gold Medal S1498 (1964)
  • A Cartoon Guide to the Kinsey Report Avon Books 559 (1954)
  • Cartoon Treasury Bantam Books F1558 (January 1957)
  • Forever Funny Dell First Edition 93 (1956)
  • Funny Side Up Dell Books 607 (1952)
  • How to Improve Your Reading by Paul Andrew Witty. Science Research Associates (1963)
  • Indiana's Laughmakers: The Story of Over 400 Hoosiers: Actors, Cartoonists, Writers and Others by Ray Banta. PennUltimate Press (1990)
  • Jokes and More Jokes Scholastic Book Services T-32
  • Laughing on the Inside Dell Books 754 (1953)
  • Nervous in the Service Dell First Edition 6298 (December 1962)
  • Office Laffs Crest Books 159 (February 1957)
  • The Other Woman Dell First Edition A178 (April 1959)
  • The Saturday Evening Post Cartoons by John Bailey Dutton (1950)
  • Sex Rears Its Lovely Head Bantam Books 1523 (October 1956)
  • Still Too Funny for Words Dell Books 8286 (April 1964)
  • Too Funny for Words: A Book For People Who Can’t Read Dell First Edition 39 (1954)
  • Too Humorous to Mention Pocket Books 1200 (October 1958)[7]


  1. ^ The Atlantian, United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia, Spring 1955.
  2. ^ a b "Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at". Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  3. ^ a b "Pen Mightier Than Hot Rod, Artist Finds". Sarasota Herald Tribune, June 24, 1947.
  4. ^ Lambiek: Clyde Lamb
  5. ^
  6. ^ "His Pen Mightier Than Gun, Convict Is Sure; He's Free". The Milwaukee Journal, June 24, 1947.
  7. ^ Stripper's Guide

A cartoonist (also comic strip creator) is a visual artist who specializes in drawing cartoons. This work is often created for entertainment, political commentary, or advertising. Cartoonists may work in many formats, such as booklets, comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, manuals, gag cartoons, graphic design, illustrations, storyboards, posters, shirts, books, advertisements, greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, and video game packaging.

Deaths in July 1966

This is a list of deaths in July 1966:

July 1

Wiri Baker, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1892)

Pauline Boty, British artist (b. 1938)

Johnny Bryan, American football player and coach (b. 1897)

Georg Ehrlich, Austrian-born British sculptor (b. 1897)

Bill Galvin, Australian politician, member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (b. 1903)

Frank Halloran, Australian rules footballer (b. 1912)

July 2

Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (b. 1900)

Minnie D. Craig, American politician, Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives (b. 1883)

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, Russian Orthodox hierarch and saint (b. 1896)

Holger Lindberg, Swedish wrestler, competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics (b. 1894)

July 3

Kees Boeke, Dutch pacifist and tax resister (b. 1884)

Robert Cochrane, English occultist (b. 1931)

André Gailhard, French composer (b. 1885)

Eleanor Margaret Green, Princess Viggo, Countess of Rosenborg, American-born Danish princess (b. 1895)

Paul Conway Leahy, American federal judge (b. 1904)

Deems Taylor, American composer (b. 1885)

July 4

Dorothy Aldis, American children's author and poet (b. 1896)

Louis Couffignal, French mathematician (b. 1902)

Georges Dumont, Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick (b. 1898)

Archie Latimer Hodgins, Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons (b. 1876)

Otto Lindig, German potter (b. 1895)

July 5

Robin Sutcliffe Allan, New Zealand geologist and university professor (b. 1900)

Edward Pierrepont Beckwith, American scientist (b. 1877)

Vinson Allen Collins, American politician, member of the Texas Senate (b. 1867)

Pete Fox, American baseball player (b. 1909)

George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)

Ole Jørgensen, Norwegian politician, MP (b. 1897)

July 6

Harold Breen, Australian public servant (b. 1893)

Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (b. 1892)

Anne Nagel, American actress (b. 1915)

Benjamin Horsley Littleton, American federal judge (b. 1889)

July 7

Yoshishige Abe, Japanese philosopher, educator, and statesman in Shōwa period Japan; Minister of Education (b. 1883)

Carmelita Geraghty, American actress (b. 1901)

Alberto Gout, Mexican screenwriter and film director (b. 1913)

July 8

Dick Christy, American football player (b. 1935)

Herbert Elphinstone, Australian cricket umpire (b. 1905)

Horst Fischer, German war criminal, last person guillotined in Germany (b. 1912)

James Ernest Karnes, American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor (b. 1889)

Clyde Lamb, American illustrator and convicted robber (b. 1913)

William Alexander McKenzie, Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (b. 1874)

George Minter, English film producer (b. 1911)

July 9

Sir John Lindsay Dashwood, 10th Baronet, English aristocrat (b. 1896)

Walter Gerwig, German lutenist (b. 1899)

July 10

Raphaël Etifier, French politician, member of the French senate (b. 1889)

Gʻafur Gʻulom, Uzbek writer (b. 1903)

Charles Goethe, American eugenicist (b. 1875)

Malvina Hoffman, American sculptor (b. 1885)

Gussy Holl, German actress (b. 1888)

July 11

Billy Butler, English footballer (b. 1900)

Barney Lutz, American baseball player (b. 1915)

Delmore Schwartz, American poet (b. 1913)

July 12

Vera Franceschi, American pianist (b. 1926)

Leicester Gilbert-Lodge, British philatelist (b. 1882)

Liangqing, Chinese monk (b. 1896)

D. T. Suzuki, Japanese philosopher (b. 1870)

July 13

Genica Athanasiou, Romanian-French actress (b. 1897)

Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, member of the British Royal Family, granddaughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1884)

Harald Jensen, Danish-born Australian geologist (b. 1879)

David H. Keller, American writer (b. 1880)

Reino Ragnar Lehto, Finnish politician, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1898)

Eric Macfadyen, British politician, MP (b. 1879)

Victorio Macho, Spanish sculptor (b. 1887)

July 14

William Hawksworth, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1911)

Nicolaas de Jong, Dutch cyclist, competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics (b. 1887)

Nils Lavik, Norwegian politician, Member of the Storting (parliament) (b. 1884)

Julie Manet, French painter (b. 1878)

Sigfred Madsen, Danish boxer, competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics (b. 1915)

July 15

Seyfi Arkan, Turkish architect (b. 1903)

Francis Agar-Robartes, 7th Viscount Clifden, British politician (b. 1883)

Wilhelm Cornides, Wehrmacht sergeant in World War II, diarist (b. 1920)

Clarence Gamble, American birth control advocate (b. 1894)

August Lindberg, Swedish trade unionist (b. 1885)

July 16

Arthur Adamson, Australian rules football player (b. 1882)

Richard Craig, Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (b. 1877)

Agnes Dollan, Scottish suffragist and politician (b. 1887)

Tom Hammond, Australian rules footballer (b. 1896)

James Butler Hare, American politician, United States representative from South Carolina (b. 1918)

Bernhard Schweitzer, German archaeologist (b. 1892)

July 17

August Baeyens, Belgian violist and composer (b. 1895)

Charles Creed, French-born British fashion designer (b. 1909)

Nils Dahl, Norwegian runner, competed at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics (b. 1882)

Albert Freethy, Welsh rugby referee and cricketer (b. 1885)

Kurt Herlth, German set designer (b. 1896)

July 18

Bobby Fuller, American musician (b. 1942)

Russell Madden, Australian rules footballer (b. 1910)

July 19

Walter Aitkenhead, Scottish footballer (b. 1887)

Mary Jobe Akeley, American explorer and author (b. 1878)

Joaquín Albareda y Ramoneda, Spanish Roman Catholic Cardinal (b. 1892)

Maxine Albro, American painter, muralist, lithographer, mosaic artist, and sculptor (b. 1903)

Franz Lahner, Austro-Hungarian flying ace in World War I (b. 1893)

Hans Ji Maharaj, Indian religious leader (b. 1900)

July 20

Elizabeth Amsden, American operatic soprano and actress (b. 1881)

Alexander Bazhbeuk-Melikyan, Soviet artist, graphic designer and sculptor (b. 1891)

Anne Beffort, Luxembourg educator and author (b. 1880)

Julien Carette, French actor (b. 1897)

Donald Gee, British theologian (b. 1891)

Pat Hanley, American football player and coach (b. 1896)

Józef Kisielewski, Polish politician and writer (b. 1905)

July 21

Francis Stewart Briggs, Australian aviator (b. 1897)

Francesco Paolo Cantelli, Italian mathematician (b. 1875)

Philipp Frank, Austrian-born American scientist and philosopher (b. 1884)

John French, English photographer (b. 1907)

Julian Hochfeld, Polish Marxist (b. 1911)

July 22

Vladimir Abrikosov, Russian Catholic priest of the Byzantine rite (b. 1880)

Lauro Ayestarán, Uruguayan musicologist (b. 1913)

Berend Carp, Dutch sailor, competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics (b. 1901)

Harriet Daggett, American law professor (b. 1891)

Frank Delahanty, American baseball player (b. 1882)

Edward Gourdin, American long jumper, silver medalist at the 1924 Summer Olympics (b. 1897)

Pavlos Gyparis, Greek army officer and politician, MP (b. 1882)

July 23

Kurt Albrecht, German military officer during World War II (b. 1895)

Margaret Bennell, English educator (b. 1893)

Vito R. Bertoldo, United States Army soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1916)

Montgomery Clift, American actor (b. 1920)

Lo La Chapelle, Dutch footballer, medalist at the 1908 Summer Olympics (b. 1888)

Douglass Montgomery, American actor (b. 1907)

July 24

Aftimios Ofiesh, American Orthodox bishop (b. 1880)

George Brook, English cricketer (b. 1888)

Harry Cobe, American racecar driver (b. 1885)

Holger J. Jensen, Danish painter (b. 1900)

Arthur B. Langlie, American politician, Governor of Washington (b. 1900)

Tony Lema, American golfer (b. 1934)

José Magnani, Brazilian cyclist, competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics (b. 1913)

July 25

Harold Conradi, Australian rules footballer (b. 1894)

Francis Edward Faragoh, Austria-Hungary-born American screenwriter (b. 1898)

Red Green, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1899)

Rolf Henne, Swiss Nazi leader (b. 1901)

Paul Le Drogo, French cyclist (b. 1905)

Frank O'Hara, American poet (b. 1926)

July 26

Gladstone Adams, British politician; Chairman of Whitley Bay Urban District Council (b. 1880)

Brenda Sue Brown, American murder victim (b. 1955)

Jean-Edouard de Castella, Australian-born Swiss artist (b. 1881)

Augustine Duffy, Canadian politician, member of the Newfoundland House of Assembly (b. 1905)

Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (b. 1899)

Maura Laverty, Irish writer (b. 1907)

Lee Lescaze, American journalist (b. 1909)

July 27

Edward Carey Francis, English mathematician and Christian missionary to Kenya (b. 1897)

Sir Norman Gregg, Australian ophthalmologist (b. 1892)

Hugo von Heidenstam, Swedish diplomat, ambassador to Iran and Iraq (b. 1884)

Sir Reginald Kennedy-Cox, English dramatist and social reformer (b. 1881)

July 28

Josef von Báky, Hungarian filmmaker (b. 1902)

Judd Conlon, American vocal arranger and conductor (b. 1910)

Hal Dixon, American baseball umpire (b. 1920)

David Jones, American businessman, owner of the Chicago Cardinals (b. 1884)

Liem Bwan Tjie, Indonesian architect (b. 1891)

July 29

Maj. Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Nigerian military figure and Head of State of Nigeria (b. 1924)

Russell Clark, New Zealand artist (b. 1905)

Edward Gordon Craig, English theatre practitioner (b. 1872)

Jerry Dennerlein, American football player (b. 1915)

Harold Egan, Australian rules footballer (b. 1884)

Adekunle Fajuyi, Nigerian soldier, first military governor of the Western Region, Nigeria (b. 1926)

Billy Fogg, English footballer (b. 1903)

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Indian poet and writer (b. 1928)

John Lemmon, British logician (b. 1930)

Ian Gordon Lindsay, Scottish architect (b. 1906)

July 30

Hazel Abel, American teacher and politician; United States Senator (b. 1888)

George Ford, Australian politician, member of the New South Wales Legislative Council (b. 1907)

Gen. Otto Fretter-Pico, German general during World War II (b. 1893)

Sir Donald Gainer, British diplomat, Ambassador to Venezuela, Brazil, and Poland (b. 1891)

Harry Hedgpeth, American baseball player (b. 1888)

František Kříž, Czech fencer, competed at the 1912 and 1928 Summer Olympics (b. 1884)

Marcella Lindh, American opera singer (b. 1867)

July 31

Andrej Bagar, Slovak film actor (b. 1900)

Chester R. Davis, American businessman, Assistant Secretary of the Army (b. 1896)

Alexander von Falkenhausen, German general (b. 1878)

Lydia Locke, American opera singer (b. 1884)

Bud Powell, American jazz pianist (b. 1924)

Glendive, Montana

Glendive is a city in and the county seat of Dawson County, Montana, United States, and home to Dawson Community College. Glendive was established by the Northern Pacific Railway when they built the transcontinental railroad across the northern tier of the western United States from Minnesota to the Pacific Coast. The town was the headquarters for the Yellowstone Division that encompassed 875 route miles (1,408 km); 546 (879) in main line and 328 (528) in branches with the main routes from Mandan, North Dakota, to Billings, Montana, and from Billings to Livingston, Montana. The town of Glendive is an agricultural and ranching hub of eastern Montana. The town is tucked between the Yellowstone River and the Badlands, named for the rugged terrain and jagged rock formations that are known to exist in the area. Makoshika State Park is located just east of Glendive.

Glendive is the smallest US television market (or DMA), as identified by Nielsen. The population was 4,935 at the 2010 census.In January 2015, Glendive was the site of a major oil spill from a pipeline which also contaminated drinking water.Glendive is home to Dawson Community College a 2-year college formed in 1940 to meet the educational needs of eastern Montana. The college offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees as well as certificate programs. Dawson Community College is an open-access college and remains one of the more affordable educational institutions in the state.

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Register and Tribune Syndicate

The Register and Tribune Syndicate was a syndication service based in Des Moines, Iowa, that operated from 1922 to 1986, when it was acquired by King Features to become the Cowles Syndicate affiliate. At its peak, the Register and Tribune Syndicate offered newspapers some 60 to 75 features, including editorial cartoonist Herblock, comic strips, and commentaries by David Horowitz, Stanley Karnow, and others.

Throughout the 1940s the syndicate distributed the weekly "The Spirit Section," a 16-page tabloid-sized newsprint comic book supplement eventually sold to 20 Sunday newspapers with a combined circulation of as many as five million copies. The Register and Tribune Syndicate's most successful comics feature was The Family Circus (launched in 1960), eventually distributed to more than 1,000 newspapers; other long-running strips included Channel Chuckles, Jane Arden, The Better Half, and Tumbleweeds.

Sidney, Montana

Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Montana, United States, less than 10 mi (16 km) away from the North Dakota border. The population was 5,191 at the 2010 census. The city lies along the Yellowstone River and is in proximity to the badlands of the Dakotas. Sidney is approximately midway between Glendive, Montana and Williston, North Dakota.

The Saturday Evening Post

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The magazine was redesigned in 2013.

This Week (magazine)

This Week was a nationally syndicated Sunday magazine supplement that was included in American newspapers between 1935 and 1969. In the early 1950s, it accompanied 37 Sunday newspapers. A decade later, at its peak in 1963, This Week was distributed with the Sunday editions of 42 newspapers for a total circulation of 14.6 million.

When it went out of business in 1969 it was the oldest syndicated newspaper supplement in the United States. The newspapers it was distributed with included the Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) and the Boston Herald. Magazine historian Phil Stephensen-Payne noted, "It grew from a circulation of four million in 1935 to nearly 12 million in 1957, far outstripping other fiction-carrying weeklies such as Collier's, Liberty and even The Saturday Evening Post (all of which eventually folded)."

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